Michael T. Moe has served as our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of our Board of Directors since 2010 and is primarily responsible for overall investment strategies and portfolio management. Mr. Moe served as our President from 2010 to 2014. In addition, Mr. Moe co-founded GSV Asset Management and has served as its Chief Executive Officer, Co-Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer since 2010. Mr. Moe previously co-founded and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ThinkEquity Partners, an investment banking firm focusing on venture capital, entrepreneurial and emerging growth companies, from 2001 to 2008. Prior to founding ThinkEquity, Mr. Moe served as head of Global Growth Research at Merrill Lynch from 1998 to 2001, and before that served as head of Growth Research and Strategy at Montgomery Securities from 1995 to 1998. In 2006, Mr. Moe published his critically acclaimed book Finding the Next Starbucks: How to Identify and Invest in the Hot Stocks of Tomorrow (Penguin/ Portfolio Books, 2006). Mr. Moe has also served as a member of the board of directors for Cricket Media Group, a K-12 social learning network, since September 2010, and has served as a director for 2U Inc., a leading provider of educational cloud-based software-as-a-service solution, since February 2013. Mr. Moe earned his BA in Political Science and Economics at the University of Minnesota and is a CFA charter holder. Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Moe’s depth of experience in managerial positions in investment management, securities research and financial services, as well as his intimate knowledge of our business and operations, gives the Board of Directors valuable industry-specific knowledge and expertise on these and other matters, and that therefore he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Ronald M. Lott has served as a member of our Board of Directors since being appointed on February 11, 2015. Mr. Lott, a member of the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame, has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Lott Auto Ventures, LLC since 2004. Mr. Lott was previously co-partner and owner of Mercedes-Benz of Medford, Oregon from 2003 until 2011 and Stan Morris Chrysler in Tracy, California from 1997 until 1998. Mr. Lott has also been a member of the board of directors of Springleaf Holdings, Inc., a provider of consumer finance and credit insurance products and services, since December 2013. In 1999, Mr. Lott co-founded HRJ Capital, L.L.C., an investment management firm, remaining as a managing partner through 2009, until it was sold. Since 2013, Mr. Lott has been a consultant for TVU Networks Corp., a product and service company for the television industry, and has been a consultant at H. Barton Asset Management, LLC since 2009. Mr. Lott played 14 seasons in the National Football League before retiring from professional football in 1994. Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Lott’s leadership experience and his extensive business and management experience as a director of a public company and as a small business owner provide significant value to our Board of Directors, and that therefore he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
Leonard A. Potter has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2011. Mr. Potter has also served as the President and Chief Investment Officer of Wildcat Capital Management, LLC, a registered investment adviser since 2011. In addition, since April 2014, Mr. Potter has served as Chief Executive Officer of Infinity Q Capital Management, LLC, a provider of innovative hedge fund strategies to institutional and retail investors. From August 2009 to August 2011, Mr. Potter served as the Chief Investment Officer of Salt Creek Hospitality, a private acquirer and owner of hospitality related assets. From December 2002 through July 2009, Mr. Potter was a Managing Director — Soros Private Equity at Soros Fund Management LLC (‘‘SFM’’) where, from May 2005 through July 2009, Mr. Potter served as co-head of the Private Equity group and a member of the Private Equity Investment Committee. From September 1998 until joining SFM in 2002, Mr. Potter was a Managing Director of Alpine Consolidated LLC, a private merchant bank, and from April 1996 through September 1998, Mr. Potter founded and served as a Managing Director of Capstone Partners LLC, a private merchant bank. Prior to founding Capstone Partners, Mr. Potter was an attorney specializing in mergers, acquisitions and corporate finance at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Since 2011 and 2009, respectively, Mr. Potter has been a member of the board of directors of Solar Senior Capital, Ltd. and Solar Capital Ltd., each a business development company. In addition, Mr. Potter has previously served as a board member of several other public companies. He also serves on the boards of several private companies and is a member of the Investment Committee of the Board of Trustees for Brandeis University. Mr. Potter has a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from the Fordham University School of Law. Our Board of Directors has concluded that Mr. Potter’s experience practicing as a corporate lawyer provides valuable insight to the Board of Directors on regulatory and risk management issues, and that his tenure in private equity investments and service as a director of both public and private companies provides industry-specific knowledge and expertise to our Board of Directors, and that therefore he is qualified to serve as a member of our Board of Directors.
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